There is a growing consensus among doctors and scientists across the globe, that an individual’s Vitamin D status can affect disease outcome.
In short, Vitamin D deficiency is correlated with increased chances of hospitalisation and morbidity whereas those with optimal levels of Vitamin D are more likely to experience milder symptoms or even be asymptomatic.
Vitamin D is the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’. Our skin naturally synthesises Vitamin D when exposed to the sun through the summer months. We had a beautiful summer in the UK this year and many of us will have good levels of vitamin D presently. However, these levels will start to decline over the coming months making it important to supplement or eat Vitamin D high foods. This is especially true for people with darker skin, those who wear high factor sunscreen or are house-bound and those who may dress modestly for religious reasons.
Vitamin D in a diet is critical for a healthy immune system. It reduces inflammation in the body and inflammation is a key driver almost all chronic diseases. For this reason, the NHS and Public Health England have been recommending that we supplement with Vitamin D each winter since 2016.
It is advisable to take Vitamin D with Vitamin K found in green leafy vegetables.
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